Gujarat International Finance Tech City (GIFT), to come up in Gandhinagar, is being promoted as India's largest multi-services financial hub. To be built mostly on common grazing lands grabbed from surrounding villages and by panicking farmers into selling their agricultural land, it is yet another instance of how commercial interests are favoured at the expense of the poor
Our correspondent reports on the “historic” referendum in 22 villages of Raigad district, Maharashtra, where on September 21 over 6,000 landholders voted against the acquisition of their lands for an SEZ. The farmers insist they want to continue farming. But will they hold out when the compensation package is upped? And will the promised waters from the Hetavane dam flow into their fields before they sell out?
Recently, Goa became the only state in India to openly declare that no more Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be set up on its territory. This was a result of relentless pressure from almost the entire state -- villagers, educated middle class, professionals, activists, the church and media
A study by the Madras Institute of Development Studies puts the number of farmer suicides in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at well over 2,000 a year. But both state governments are choosing to ignore the facts. In this report, farmers tell their own story
Kakinada farmer Narasimha Murthy's 5-acre farm supports 50 people, each living on around Rs 800 a month, more than twice the official rural poverty line.Why would farmers like him in 16 villages in Andhra Pradesh want to give up this livelihood for the Kakinada SEZ? What does the SEZ offer them anyway?
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is poised to enter the Indian market. Campaigner Wade Rathke warns against the predatory practices of Wal-Mart, whose business model, he says, is notorious for driving out competition and slashing labour costs
India is introducing new patent laws that will stop its drugs industry from making cheap versions of patented drugs. What this means for India's poor, and other developing countries dependent on India for inexpensive medicines, is uncertain. What is clear, though, is that India's companies are unlikely to start developing new drugs themselves - the cost is just too high
Sustainable development has become a mantra for big business and multinational corporations. Worse, it has unwittingly opened the door to the gradual hijacking of the environmental movement by so-called 'corporate realists'
Around 1.5 billion marginal farmers in the developing world live in virtual penury. Simultaneously, 1.5 billion cattle in the industrialised world are reared in luxury, with a cow in the developed world receiving subsidies that amount to almost twice the annual income of an average Third World farmer